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  • May 18, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Beards and glasses: More ‘small stuff’ you might want to sweat

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

You work hard to prepare your witnesses. You give them fashion advice. Practice testimony to help them tell their story truthfully and effectively. Carefully order your case narrative. And then stuff happens. We wrote almost a year ago about how facial scars, videography angles and foreign accents could derail your witness impact on jurors. And [...]

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“The glasses create a kind of unspoken nerd defense.”
The “Nerd Defense”:........ Read more »

Conti RP, & Conti MA. (2004) Mock jurors' perceptions of facial hair on criminal offenders. Perceptual and motor skills, 98(3 Pt 2), 1356-8. PMID: 15291226  

  • May 17, 2011
  • 05:51 PM

Are Wind Turbines Ugly? New Research gives Answers…

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

For many of us, Wind Turbines symbolise hope. The image of a slowly rotating wind turbine on a blue sky represents a rose-tinted future where energy is abundant and free; global warming has been conquered (and bunnies leap gaily around fields). But who would really want to live near a wind farm? We long for … Continue reading »... Read more »

Frantál, B., & Kunc, J. (2011) Wind turbines in tourism landscapes. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(2), 499-519. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2010.10.007  

  • May 17, 2011
  • 01:47 PM

Why the poor live in cities

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

If you ask any big city mayor what is one of the most pressing problems facing his or her city, I’m guessing poverty will be high on the list. Cities across the United States are filled with pockets of hardship, and while rural poverty is widespread, too, impoverishment within metropolitan areas tends to be strikingly [...]... Read more »

  • May 17, 2011
  • 01:06 PM

The American Public's Fascination With the Undead

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

"Braaiiiinnns ..." Zombies on the hunt for a meal, Night of the Living Dead.
May is Zombie Awareness Month—just in case you were wondering. Don’t roll your eyes: yes, we need a whole month of preparedness. I too was skeptical, but as the inimitable Christie Wilcox tweeted in response to my disbelief that May would be so used:
I think I must be. Prepared, that is. Surely the plethora of zombie movies, books, survival guides, and even exercise regimens have given me a sense of how to surviv........ Read more »

Ackermann, H., & Gauthier, J. (1991) The Ways and Nature of the Zombi. The Journal of American Folklore, 104(414), 466. DOI: 10.2307/541551  

Bishop, K. (2006) Raising the Dead. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 33(4), 196-205. DOI: 10.3200/JPFT.33.4.196-205  

Shaviro, S. (2002) Capitalist Monsters. Historical Materialism, 10(4), 281-290. DOI: 10.1163/15692060260474486  

  • May 16, 2011
  • 08:51 PM

Gay Men Get More Cancer

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

News that gay men get more cancer than straight men (Boehmer et al. 2011) is not new, even when not taking into consideration the insidious impact of HIV. Why, as in this study, gay men are twice as likely as straight men to get cancer is not successfully resolved, other than to stress the critical role played by anal sex and I would add, HPV. ... Read more »

  • May 16, 2011
  • 02:15 PM

The number of my online friends and Dunbar’s not-so-hidden scientific agenda

by ---a in

Neocortex matters more than social enhancements à la Facebook, says Robin "Dunbar's number" Dunbar in a recent article. Will these results get him a Nobel Prize?... Read more »

  • May 16, 2011
  • 12:30 PM

Your Opening: Tell It Like a Story, but Tailor It Like a Strategy

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

It is now a truism that effective opening statements tell a story. At the same time, the advice needs to go beyond, “tell a story.” It can seem like simple advice. After all, we know stories in our daily lives, and we know that they all have a setting, characters, conflict, sequence, and a lesson at the end. But the simplicity of the advice to frame your case as a narrative can be deceptive. There are a number of critical strategic choices that go into the development of a story to guid........ Read more »

  • May 16, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

3 Cups of Tea or Deceit: Schadenfreude anyone?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Greg Mortenson wrote a book on how he built schools for girls in Afghanistan.  It will bring tears to your eyes and renew hope your hope for humankind.  Jon Krakauer wrote a book on what a fraud Greg Mortenson had perpetrated. Didn’t you know all along that Mortenson simply wasn’t that good? We often revel or [...]

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But they did it on purpose!
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  • May 16, 2011
  • 06:02 AM


by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Tendency to enjoy other's pain and how to circumvent in court. ... Read more »

  • May 16, 2011
  • 01:27 AM

We Want More Science, said the American Public

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Counter to trends of cutbacks for science coverage in newspapers and newsrooms over the last few years (examples include the Boston Globe and CNN), and to the excitement of science journalists nationwide, there DOES remain a high public interest in science. What’s more, not only does this interest remain… it seems to be growing. But if our nation’s ‘Big League’ newspapers are cutting back on science coverage and freelance budgets, where do the American public turn ........ Read more »

Woolley, M. (2005) Public Attitudes and Perceptions About Health-Related Research. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 294(11), 1380-1384. DOI: 10.1001/jama.294.11.1380  

  • May 15, 2011
  • 06:04 PM

Third Party Logistics – a risk orchestrator?

by Jan Husdal in

Historically, third-party logistics providers, or 3PLs, provided traditional logistics services, such as transportation and warehouse management, and nothing more than that, but 3PLs have evolved to becoming orchestrators of supply chains that create and sustain a competitive advantage. [ ... ]... Read more »

  • May 15, 2011
  • 10:23 AM

Fag Hating Families Cause Much Distress

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Diamond, G., Shilo, G., Jurgensen, E., D’Augelli, A., Samarova, V., & White, K. (2011). How Depressed and Suicidal Sexual Minority Adolescents Understand the Causes of Their Distress Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 15 (2), 130-151 DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2010.532668 In the contentious debate surrounding why us fags are as mad as hell, too much positivist [...]... Read more »

  • May 14, 2011
  • 04:21 AM

How many friends do you have?

by Paola Tubaro in Paola Tubaro's blog

Pollet, T., Roberts, S., & Dunbar, R. (2011). Use of Social Network Sites and Instant Messaging Does Not Lead to Increased Offline Social Network Size, or to Emotionally Closer Relationships with Offline Network Members Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14 (4), 253-258 DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0161 I recently happened to read this new article (access here). Its [...]... Read more »

  • May 13, 2011
  • 05:50 PM

Non-religious nations have higher quality of life

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Quality of life is a pretty nebulous concept. There's a lot of coffee-table chat about which places have the best quality of life, but is it really possible to measure it objectively?

Well, yes it is, an one way to do it is to do what a team from The University of Arizona and Washington State University have just done.

They began by assuming that 'Quality of Life' is a thing that has effects and causes. It basically sits in between them as a mediating factor. They used a sophisticated model ........ Read more »

  • May 13, 2011
  • 09:25 AM

Why Creativity Can Be A Problem for Leaders

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

Newt Gingrich, the thinking man's Glenn Beck, is said to be a viable Presidential candidate because he has fresh, creative ideas. Even if you accept that notion at face value, you have to wonder how much of an advantage it will be. As this study (pdf) suggests, people tend to see creativity and ...Read More
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  • May 13, 2011
  • 07:19 AM

Heritability of religion and fertility

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

The United States is one of the few developed countries in the world with a fertility rate close to the replacement rate – that is, the rate of fertility required to maintain existing population levels. The two reasons most often cited for this is are high levels of fertility in the Hispanic immigrant population and [...]... Read more »

Rowthorn, R. (2011) Religion, fertility and genes: a dual inheritance model. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2504  

  • May 13, 2011
  • 05:04 AM

3PL - outsourcing or not outsourcing?

by Jan Husdal in

Relying on a third-party provider for logistics, or 3PL in short, is not without caveats. While there are significant benefits, there are also a number of challenges: current requirements, future growth, information exchange and security.... Read more »

Ansari, Al, & Modarress, Batoul. (2010) Challenges of outsourcing logistics to third-party providers. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 7(2), 198-218. info:/

  • May 12, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

Don't Count on Gender Differences When it Comes to Compassion

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

We are often asked jury selection questions like "Do we want women or men?" In response, we stress that demographics is only a very small slice of what a juror brings to your case. But sometimes data emerges to challenge the belief that gender doesn’t matter. The latest example is a study that compared the brain activity of women and men as they looked at photographs, concluding that women "engaged in more elaborate brain processing" and showed "greater emotional sensitivity" when exposed t........ Read more »

  • May 12, 2011
  • 05:32 AM

Population and the tragedy of the commons

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

Like all economists, I am familiar with the concept of the tragedy of the commons. However, possibly like most economists, I had not read Garrett Hardin’s 1968 article from where we derive the phrase – that is, until yesterday. As a result, I did not understand the extent to which overpopulation concerns underpinned Hardin’s writing [...]... Read more »

Hardin, G. (1968) The Tragedy of the Commons. Science, 162(3859), 1243-1248. DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3859.1243  

  • May 11, 2011
  • 09:15 AM

Unraveling The Fear o' the Jolly Roger

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Calico Jack Rackham's Jolly Roger.

Blackbeard's Jolly Roger.

Walter Kennedy's Jolly Roger.

Emanuel Wynn's Jolly Roger.

Above: A sampling of pirate flags.
The NYTimes recently explored the "pirate brand" by tracing the emergence of the skull and crossbones—the Jolly Roger—as a symbol of terror on the high seas. The Times hails the ominous design as a magnificent exercise in collective hybrid branding, noting that economics drove pirates to adopt a version of this particular symb........ Read more »

Anderson, JL. (1995) Piracy and World History: An Economic Perspective on Maritime History. Journal of World History, 6(2), 175-199. info:/

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